Sorbetto Tank Top
This simple tank is quick to make, with no closures to sew and a loose, swingy ﬁt inspired by the easy elegance of the early 60s. The edges are ﬁnished with bias tape, which you can make yourself or purchase, and a single box pleat runs down the front. Wear it with slim pants, jeans, a summer skirt, or make a loungewear set with our free Madeleine Mini-Bloomers pattern. Multi-sized from size 0 to 18
TO O L S S U P P L I E S •sewing shears•main fabric •pins•thread •pattern weights•3 yards 1/2” bias tape •marking pen or chalk (make or purchase - see note)
Lightweight fabrics such as cotton shirting, lawn, voile, batiste, swiss dot, crepe de chine, charmeuse.
0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 B O DY M E A S U R E M E N T S bust 33 34 35 36 37 381/2 40 42 44 46 waist 25 26 27 28 29 3012 32 34 36 38 hip 35 36 37 38 39 4012 42 44 46 48 FA B R I C R E Q U I R E D ( YA R D S ) main fabric 45”1 121 121 121 121 121 121 121 121 121 12 60”1 121 121 121 121 121 121 121 121 121 12 F I N I S H E D G A R M E N T ( I N C H E S ) bust353637383941 1243454749 back length*22 22 14 22 1222 342323 1423 1223 342424 14 hem width 38 39 40 41 42 4312 45 47 49 52 * back length is measured from the back of your neck to the hem.
A note on bias tape For this top, you have the option of either purchasing pre-made 1/2” bias tape, or you can make your own! Making bias tape in the same fabric as the top gives it a polished look , but a contrasting fabric can be fun too. Think about a solid top with polka dot trim, or a small scale ﬂoral print. For a tutorial on making your own bias tape, visit: colettepatterns.com/go/continuous-bias-tape
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F I N D Y O U R S I Z E • ColetteUse the size chart to determine your size. Patterns have less ease than many other patterns to provide a closer, more tailored ﬁt. If you are between sizes, choose the larger size.
A S S E M B L E T H E PAT T E R N • for LookPrint out the pieces that form your pattern. the 4” by 4” test square and measure it to insure that your pattern has printed correctly. • that contain rectanglesCut out each of the 6” by 10” your pattern. •Tape the pieces together, matching up the numbers letters as shown in the diagram. •Cut out your pattern!
L AY O U T T H E P I E C E S •Lay out the pattern pieces as shown in the cutting lay -out diagrams. •Use pattern weights to hold the pattern in place, which will allow you to cut more accurately than pinning the pattern to the fabric. •Start by placing the pieces that go along the fold. • -Lay out the other pieces, making sure the grainline ar row is parallel to the selvedge. To do this, measure from each end of the arrow to the selvage. The distances should be exactly the same from both points.
T R A C E T H E PAT T E R N •marking pen, pencil, or chalk to trace the pattern pieces ontoUse your your fabric, and transfer all of the pattern markings onto the wrong side of the fabric, including notches and circles. • This will help youMark the center front of pieces that are cut on the fold. to align pieces accurately.
C U T I T O U T •Cut along the outlines you’ve traced, cutting away any pen or pencil lines. •Also cut out the Thesenotches that appear on the edges. will help you to line up pieces.
S E A M A L L O WA N C E • allSeam allowances are included in the pattern, and are a standard 58” for seams, except the armholes and neckline. These include a 14” seam allow-ance, since they are ﬁnished with bias tape.
A L L S I Z E S ( 4 5 ” o r 6 0 ” f a b r i c )
S TAY S T I T C H
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What is “staystitching”? Staystitching around curved edges (such as neck -lines) helps prevent them from stretching out, mak -ing them easier to match up later. Simply machine stitch along the edge, slightly within the seam allow -ance. Since this blouse has a 1/4” seam allowance at the neckline, staystitch about 1/8” from the edge.
S T I T C H D A RT S
S T I T C H C E N T E R P L E AT
On blouse front (A), stitch darts in place. To 1bring the dart legs together and stitchdo this, from the edge toward the tip. 2Tie oﬀ darts at the tip by sewing just to the edge of your fabric (do not backstitch), then tie the tails together at the tip. 3Press darts downward.
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S T I T C H F RO N T TO B A C K
On the right side of blouse front (A), press the pleat ﬂat, centering it over the stitching. Press again from the wrong side.
Machine baste the top and bottom of the pleat to hold it in place.
With right sides together, stitch blouse front (A) to blouse back (B) at shoulders. Finish shoulder seams and press open.
With right sides together, stitch blouse front (A) to blouse back (B) at sides. Finish side seams and press open.
S T I T C H B I A S TA P E
Exposed Bias facing For this blouse, we’re going to use an exposed bias facing on the neckline and armholes. This is very much like using bias tape as a facing, except that the bias tape is turned to the outside of the garment for a decrative eﬀect. It’s also a little less bulk y than a bias binding ﬁnish. Remember, you can get a complete tutorial for making your own bias tape at: colettepatterns.com/go/continuous-bias-tape
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Stitch the bias tape around the neckline, stop -3 Yourping when you reach the gap. bias tape should be unfolded, and you will stitch it along the foldline closest to the edge.
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Stitch the ends together at the place you pinned them. Trim the excess bias tape ends and press this small seam in the bias tape open. Stitch the bias tape to the neckline across the gap that you left. You should now have the bias tape joined in a circle around the neck -line!
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Now take the two ends of the bias tape and pinch them together with right sides togeth-er, leaving enough room to cover the gap. Pin in place and adjust the pin until the bias tape is the right length.
the remaining fold that runs along the length of the bias tape. Pin in place. Edgetitch the bias tape to the neckline, close to the fold. Use this same technique (steps 1-9) to ﬁnish each of the armhole circles.
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S T I T C H H E M
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some ideas: •You can sew just about any embelishment to the center pleat and completely change the look. Try a bit of lace, or rows of ribbons. •Sew a few buttons down the center front. •Use leftover bias tape to make little bows that can be sewn at the neckline, or down the pleat.
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